French Kids Eat Everything (and Yours Can Too)

French Kids Eat Everything (and Yours Can Too)

How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters

Book - 2013
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Karen Le Billon's two young daughters are typical picky eaters: Sophie flees from the table when confronted with foods she doesn't like (almost everything except pasta, toast, and fishy crackers), and younger sister Claire follows suit. So when Karen moves her young family from Vancouver to her husband's hometown in northern France, she is prepared for some cultural adjustment. But her idyllic dreams of cobblestone streets and baguettes under arms are quickly disrupted as her daughter's eating habits come under scrutiny: Karen is lectured for slipping fussing Claire a snack "a recipe for obesity!" and forbidden from packing Sophie a lunch in lieu of the elaborate meal on the school menu.

Intrigued to find that French children feed themselves neatly and happily eating everything from beets to broccoli, salad to spinach, mussels to muesli Karen sets out to learn the secrets of French food education. Soon, she begins to see the wisdom in the food rules the French use to foster healthy eating habits and good manners from the rigid "no snacking" rule to strategies for avoiding emotional eating.

Adopting 10 French Food Rules, her (at times reluctant) family cures picky eating and learns to love trying new foods. But the real challenge comes when they move back to North America, where their commitment to "eating French" is put to the test. The result is a fun and witty memoir of a family food revolution, with surprising but happy results.French Kids Eat Everything suggests we need to dramatically rethink both the way we parent, and the way we feed children, at home and at school and all of the tips, resources, and recipes to make it happen.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, 2013
ISBN: 9781443408387


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Jan 07, 2014

Something about this book just hooked me. I read it from cover to cover and then started again. I had not known about the French attitude to food and to the regimenting of meals. Le Billon posits ten rules that govern food education for children - the first being 'the parent is in charge'. I cheered at this. Closely following this rule is 'set meal times', 'no snacking' and 'try everything at least seven times'. Silently, I shouted at my children 'see, you grew up with Continental rules that work'. I have to say that I wondered about her own upbringing and habits as she is Canadian. I was surprised and realized that she had as much learning to do as her children when they moved to France for a year. Have a read and see what you think. Have a read and see what you think.

Jun 26, 2013

Fantastic book. Read it in one day. Great 'rules', some of which can be applied immediately.

Oct 10, 2012

A good book but I found myself often frustrated by the author's attitude. Many times I wondered if she was caricaturing her own views and actions to provide more of a contrast between North American and French views on raising children.

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